Samuels banned from bowling for one year by ICC

first_img The ICC said in a statement Samuels could ask for a re-assessment after the ban expired. “Samuels is entitled to appeal any procedural aspect of the independent assessment that has led to this automatic suspension,” the statement said. “However, only after the expiry of this one-year period will he be entitled to approach the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action.” The Jamaican, more known for his right-handed batting, was reported by umpires for a suspected illegal bowling action following the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle last month. He was allowed to continue bowling in the series until the assessment was carried out and the results known. The ban further compounds an already crisis-ridden tour of Australia for West Indies, who were crushed by an innings and 212 runs inside three days in the opening Test in Hobart. On Saturday, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was forced out of the series with injury, after pulling up lame after bowling 10 overs of the Australia first innings. ENTITLED TO APPEAL BRISBANE, Australia (CMC): Off-spinner Marlon Samuels has been slapped with a one-year ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from bowling in international cricket. This follows independent testing of the 34-year-old’s action at the ICC’s accredited assessment centre here earlier this month, which revealed the player’s elbow extension was in contravention of the 15 degrees allowed under current regulations. Samuels was previously suspended from bowling his faster delivery back in 2013, and the second suspension coming within a two-year time frame has resulted in the immediate one-year ban.last_img read more

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Ravena relieved to just play vs Pringle with Romeo still out for GlobalPort

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It’s always nice to go home after a win, no matter how it was won. Everybody wanted a win because you don’t want to travel all the way here in the Philippine Arena, a great environment, to just play and not give it your 100 percent. We all wanted that Christmas gift which is a win,” he said.Going 2-0 early this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup may not mean much, but Ravena is looking at this stretch as a confidence-builder for NLEX as it guns for more wins to come in 2018.“It’s nice to play on a Christmas Day, and it was nice for us to win and celebrate for the holidays. Hopefully, we can continue this,” he said.The Road Warriors return to action on January 7 against the Phoenix Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT But even if the Batang Pier only had Pringle with Terrence Romeo still recovering from his knee contusion injury, Ravena admitted it was still a tough challenge for him facing the 2015 Rookie of the Year.“It’s still hard to guard Stan. It’s hard to contain Stan that way,” he said after Pringle unloaded 33 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists in the game. “At least, we only had to deal with one of them as the focal point of GlobalPort’s offense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRavena, meanwhile, continued to impress, this time, collecting, 20 points, two rebounds, five assists and four steals.He is also grateful for coming out with a victory on Christmas day especially with his family and girlfriend Alyssa Valdez in attendance. Caguioa pays tribute to Helterbrand, wears No. 13 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Kiefer Ravena felt relieved that this Christmas, he only had to deal with one of GlobalPort’s two-headed monster in Stanley Pringle and not the full experience on Monday.“I’m glad that it’s just Stan,” NLEX’s second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft said in Filipino after NLEX’s 115-104 win over GlobalPort. “If you add Terrence (Romeo) there, it will be much, much harder for us.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View commentslast_img read more

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Latest: QPR 1 Leeds United 1

first_imgArmand Traore had a chance to put QPR ahead in the opening seconds of the second half at Loftus Road, where Jermaine Jenas levelled for the home side following a goal from Ross McCormack, who earlier had a penalty saved by Rob Green.McCormack was adjudged to have been fouled by Richard Dunne after latching onto Luke Murphy’s clever pass after 10 minutes, but his resulting spot-kick was easily stopped by the Rangers keeper.However, McCormack found the net with the help of a deflection four minutes later, when his 25-yard free-kick went in via the head of the unfortunate Kevin Doyle.Rangers, beaten in their last three matches, hit back a minute before the interval. Doyle laid the ball off to Jenas, who fired into the bottom corner from inside the penalty the area.And Traore had a clear sight of goal just after the restart but shot straight at keeper Jack Butland.QPR: Green, Hughes, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Traore, Jenas, Henry, Hoilett, Morrison, Doyle.Subs: Murphy, Keane, Yun, Carroll, Benayoun, Sendles-White, Maiga.Leeds: Butland, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Warnock, Murphy, Austin, Stewart, Kebe, Wickham, McCormack.Subs: Smith, Hunt, Mowatt, Byram Wootton, Brown, Cairns.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Evolutionist Trains Toddler to Adore Darwin

first_imgMarc Hauser is an evolutionary psychologist at Harvard who believes human morals and language evolved from ape-like ancestors.1  He was interviewed in Current Biology,2 and asked the usual question – and gave the usual answer with a surprising personal twist:When my youngest daughter was about three years old, I pulled a cheap trick on her, teaching her that whenever I asked “Who’s the man?”, she should reply “Darwin!”  She does this quite well now.  It is hard to imagine any living biologist not thinking that Darwin IS the man, and I am certainly no different.  But I have a different hero, and for a slightly different set of reasons.  The man is Noam Chomsky.  Like Darwin, Chomsky raised a set of questions that literally turned around a discipline, and opened the door to several new disciplines….Noam Chomsky is the influential professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT, an avowed anarchist with openly anti-American views.  This issue of Current Biology appeared, coincidentally, the day before America’s Independence Day holiday, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  That document established a new political philosophy on the doctrine of creation.  Jefferson, writing for the 52 American colonial leaders who signed, held it as self-evident that all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.  The belief that rights and liberties originated in God meant they were not fluid or societal, as evolutionary theory would teach, but eternal and inviolable.1See these previous entries about Marc Hauser: 01/20/2004 on monkey grammar, 09/01/2005 (bullet 3) on chimpanzee psychology, 10/27/2006 (bullet 7) on his book Moral Minds, 05/09/2006 (commentary bullet 16) on his section of an anti-ID anthology, and 11/05/2006 again on his book Moral Minds.2Marc Hauser, Q&A, Current Biology, Volume 17, Issue 13, 3 July 2007, Pages R491-R493,doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.04.012.3The last question in the interview was whether scientists have any obligation to the public at large.  Surprisingly, Hauser expressed angst about the vanity of it all: “I worry that my work is about as important as Greek translation is to our well being as a species… I often feel like the post-dinner entertainment, perhaps marginally better than MTV.”  But then he said he does feel a sense of obligation, “not only because they are footing the bill through taxes, but because no human being should be allowed to live in today’s world without an education in the sciences.”  The discussion moved from the futility of relativism to moral fervor.  He ended with a sermon: “As scientists, we must educate.  We must step out of the university and into the public arena, taking every spare moment we have to ‘preach’ our passion.”  But is it just animal passion, or is it a concern for some unvarying truth?  And how would an evolved animal know the difference?  Those follow-up questions were not asked.Of all the insipid, egregious, gratuitous, disgusting cases of Charlie worship we’ve seen over the years (and we’ve seen a lot), this one takes the cake.  Some rabid evolutionists think it is child abuse to teach children to pray and love God.  Well, get a load of this!  Darwinites, are you proud of what your comrade-in-arms has done?    He takes his precious, helpless little daughter, who doesn’t know her right hand from her left, and indoctrinates her in the worship of Charlie Buddha.  Before she has even heard of kindergarten, he trains her like the monkeys he works with to perform a conditioned response on cue.  Imagine a father doing that about any other scientist – Newton, Maxwell, or Einstein – and it would seem really quirky.  But Darwin?  The guy who did nothing more than liberate the world from scientific rigor and responsibility (12/22/2003 commentary)?  If you think we exaggerate when we say the Darwinites literally worship their Big Daddy (07/18/2006, 02/13/2004 commentary), well, you’ve just seen it with your own eyes.    Pray for this poor little victim.  Undoubtedly Marc will teach her growing up what he teaches his students, that all morals are relative, and that ideas about right and wrong are mere evolved antics we passed along from our ape-like ancestors.  We hope little miss Hauser grows up wisely to find the truth.  But if some day as a young adult she flips out and indulges her sexual fantasies in perverse ways, bringing shame on the Hauser home, neither Daddy nor The Man will have any authority to say she shouldn’t have (see footnote 3, above).  After all, it’s just a conditioned response.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Championing the children of fire

first_imgFire survivor Musa ZwaneImage: Khanyi MagubaneKhanyi MagubaneGrade 11 learner Musa Zwane is relieved it’s Friday afternoon and school is done for the week. At least, he thinks, he won’t have to deal with spiteful comments from his classmates for two days.Eighteen-year-old Zwane from Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, is a shack fire survivor. When he was three years old, he sustained first-degree burns when a fire broke out inside his family’s shack. Although he’s been living with the disfigurement for 15 years, he still deals with the emotional pain of being taunted by other children.“Today at school I was called ‘fried roast meat.’ This hurt my feelings, because the comments came from someone I thought was a friend,” he says with sadness in his voice.According to statistics by Childsafe, an organisation helping parents understand child injuries and take preventative measures, injury is the leading cause of death and disability among South African children. The leading external causes of fatal injuries to children are firearm injuries, burns, motor vehicle accidents and drowning. While more than 70% of childhood injuries occur in and around children’s homes, the statistics also show that more than 80% of childhood injuries can be prevented.Ali Gule is the founding member of the non-profit organisation Safey in Action. The organisation, similar to Childsafe, teaches children safety skills, particularly in South Africa’s black townships. Gule says they teach children how to react when a fire breaks out – including how to protect themselves.The programme also equips the children with skills to use in other areas of their lives. They are taught social skills, taught not to talk to strangers and how to recognise inappropriate behaviour from an adult. Health issues are also covered, such as teaching children how to wash their hands properly and the benefits of living in a clean environment.Gule says they are hoping to take the children overseas, to experience life in another country, but also, they would be keen to meet with other children who have been victims of fire.Zwane says even though the malicious comments made by his classmates are now far in between, they still hurt.“It’s hard for me when they call me names, because I wasn’t born like this. But I have to find a way to make it work, because I’m not the type of person who doesn’t like to talk to others. I’m very outspoken.”He says even though he’s generally a positive person, sometimes his classmates make it difficult for him to cope. “I am a human being, and I think they have to treat me like a normal person, not a creature. I hate it because it brings down my self-esteem and self-image”Therapy for shack fire survivorsIn a bid to address the emotional scars of the children, in December 2007 Safety in Action took 20 fire-scarred kids on a four-day therapy camp to the Kruger National Park. Psychologists and social workers were roped into the event, sponsored by the Department of Education. Many of the children were being continually taunted at school and were reluctant to continue with their education.Although the aim of the camp was to address the emotional needs of the children, the programme focused on fun-orientated activities, which the children would find easy to participate in.Children were taught to overcome their fears by learning how to swim, which can be a daunting task if you come from an environment where facilities such as swimming pools are not available. The different activities were then used as a metaphor to teach the children more about dealing with emotional pain, having constructive outlets and standing up for themselves.The Mpumalanga provincial branch of Childline was also involved in the camp, bringing in mind-exercising games, which enabled the children to expand their thinking capacities. The kids were also taken on a game drive.Zwane benefited from the camp, and is looking forward to completing high school. “I want to study graphic design, but my real passion is fashion design,” he says with excitement. “I want to design beautiful dresses, and my preferred fabric to use is silk,”. Zwane is also looking forward to learning how to drive, and to leading a normal teenage life.Shack fires and childrenThe disfigurement of children from shack fires is of grave concern in South Africa, making organisations such as Children of Fire crucial. With its sister organisation Children of Fire International, the organisation was founded at the initiative of Bronwen Jones, a British engineering geologist and author.In 1996, in a Johannesburg hospital, Jones met Dorah Mokoena, an infant who had been terribly disfigured by a squatter camp shack fire at the age of seven months. Jones, her son Tristan and his friend Thobeka befriended the baby.Mokoena’s biological mother Margaret abandoned her for more than three years but was reunited with her daughter after Jones’s relentless efforts. But the reunion was short lived. Two years later, the little girl’s mother abandoned her again. Mokoena, who turns 14 in April, now lives full time in the Children of Fire home.In September 2001, Children of Fire’s frequent work in Alexandra, and particularly the shack-fire deaths of three children, led the organisation to further investigate the root causes of fires in the severely overcrowded township. The result was Umashesha (a Zulu word meaning to be quick, or one that is quick), a programme aiming to educate people about avoidable danger and get them to look after themselves and their community. It also involves training in first aid and in fire fighting and prevention. The programme also trains individuals who go on to become public educators and safety workers in their local communities.Useful linksChildren’s fire and burn trust Childsafe Paraffin safety association of Southern AfricaSA bureau of standards new laws for paraffin stoves and heaterslast_img read more

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Meet Microsoft’s First Surface Tablet — From 21 Years Ago

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology At this point, handwriting recognition wasn’t new; both Pencept and CIC offered PCs with handwriting recognition built in, according to Wikipedia, and 1989’s GRidPad went on to inspire the Palm Pilot.Still, simply being able to scrawl a note and have it translated into actual text looks pretty impressive, even today. Vision Objects, for example, recently signed a deal to power the Samsung Galaxy Note and Note 2 with its handwriting-recognition system, and company executives demonstrated the same sort of handwriting-to-text capabilities that the Windows for Pen Computing demonstration included.The tablet also translates drawn lines and circles into their digital equivalents. There were even gestures: “If you want to delete something, you just swipe through it,” Gates says. “That’s one of the easy-to-remember gestures.” Gestures like cut, copy, paste and other common functions used their own shortcuts, while user-defined functions (macros, basically), were letters in a circle. People could also train the system to recognize quirks in their handwriting, such as connecting the horizontal swipe of a “t” with the lower hump of an “h.” Gates also showed off the ability to sign a form and connect to a database, both useful functions for a mobile tablet used for shipping and receiving, for example. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#Surface center_img Twenty-one years ago, Microsoft debuted the first Surface tablet, complete with handwriting recognition and gestures. It wasn’t called the Surface then. In fact, the prototype tablet that a young, charming Bill Gates showed off was an unnamed prototype from NCR running Windows 3.1.In a video lost among the millions on YouTube, Gates marked the debut of Windows for Pen Computing, the first tablet interface for Windows.Next week, Microsoft will debut its Surface, a tablet that the company introduced in June. Surface will come in two flavors, one based on the full-fledged Windows 8 operating system, and one running a derivative for ARM processors, called Windows RT, which will be priced at $499 and up.  Beneath The SurfaceThose tablets flip Microsoft’s design process on its head: The Surface and its rivals guided the development of Microsoft’s new operating system, rather than the other way around. Two decades ago, the PC was at the center of the technology solar system, although even then it was clear that Gates and Microsoft were thinking about vertical industries like health care and shipping.The original video, a production by Microsoft titled “Personal Computing: The Second Decade Begins,” opens with Gates strolling through another relic of the era, a computer store. Printers line the walls, and Gates holds up a clunky laptop that weighs “only” seven pounds.Soon enough, however, we see why Gates is there – to promote the “graphical environment” of Windows 3. (Support engineer Joe Long notes, incidentally, that the number of support calls for Windows 3 is about 2,500, and Microsoft doubled its support staff to compensate.) In the video’s second chapter, however, Gates introduces something new.Pen Computing A Precursor To Touchscreens“One of the products we’re testing today is called Pen Computing for Windows,” Gates says in the video, adding his own spin to the brand name. “The idea is that hardware manufacturers will be building PCs that include a touch-sensitive surface.”“You use a pen, right here on the surface, and you can handwrite, just like you can on paper, and the computer recognizes it,” Gates adds. “So you don’t have to use a keyboard. So a machine like this could be taken into a meeting, or out on a sales call, and used in a very natural way. We’re making sure that it’s easy for people to work with Windows for Pen Computing.”Byron Bishop, then a lowly product engineer (later ascending to become the executive vice president of Expedia, and beyond) shows off the tablet interface by first clicking a calendar tab, then a date, then pulls up a schedule. The Pen Computing interface allows Bishop to draw an amusing little map of the location (no calendar-to-map integration, then!) which is saved as digital ink, automatically. Bishop also then scrawls in a new appointment, which is automatically converted into text and saved. markhachman Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Unfortunately, certain elements of the Windows for Pen Computing interface were found to infringe upon patents held by GO Corp., a rival and pioneer in tablet computing. In 2005, Go filed suit against Microsoft; technology developed by GO eventually found its way to Alcatel-Lucent, which successfully sued Microsoft for $512 million for patent violations.Still, the video is impressive, not just for the history, but as a reminder that Windows 3 was actually useful. If you buy a new Surface, remember, some of its capabilities Microsoft has touted are more than two decades old.last_img read more

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Holiday Tips for Families with Special Needs

first_imgWhat other tips do you have for military families, caregivers, or families with special needs? This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on December 2, 2016. Ask for a break.It is okay to ask for help and take a break. Use respite services if you qualify, ask for a night off rather than a gift. It is okay to take care of yourself, in fact it’s extremely important. Be OK with bowing out of events and saying no.As with all things in life, you have to pick and choose what is best for you and your family. There might be holiday parties that would be more stressful to attend than is necessary. Politely bow out of the event and trust that your family and friends will understand. When preparing and planning for big parties or gatherings volunteer for what you know you are capable of and say no to the rest. Pick two.If you have a family member with special needs, it likely that you are already very busy with things to do for them and the rest of the family. Don’t intentionally add to the list trying to recreate your perfect holiday. Pick two traditions that are manageable to you and your family. Just focus on implementing or maintaining those two traditions, and enjoy the time you have with your loved ones. Sometimes families try to do too much just to make the holidays perfect, when in reality being together and happy are what makes the holidays perfect. Reflect on the season.Remember that the holiday season is a time for reflection on the year, celebrating being together and a time of joy. Keep the joy in the holidays, by remaining focused on what they mean to you. The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year but it can also become a stressful time, especially for  families with special needs. Below, we compiled a few holiday tips for families with special needs, military families, and family caregivers. Lower your expectations.Often times we build up this idea in our head of the holidays. We create this fantasy about the perfect holiday, then work hard trying to create it. This tip is essential for families with special needs, however it is a good tip for everyone – lower your expectations. When we are trying to create the perfect holiday, party, reunion, etc. What we are really creating is a load of stress for ourselves which can quickly make the holidays less joyful. Things might work out better than you expected with your lowered expectations, or they might not. But, you will enjoy the time with your loved ones more when you are not trying to live up to high expectations.last_img read more

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Do What Is Difficult

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now It’s easy to reduce your price and eliminate it as an obstacle to a deal. It’s difficult to increase your price once you have established a lower price, even when you create greater value.It’s easy to avoid dealing with a challenging customer issue, hoping against hope that it resolves itself in time. It’s difficult to have tough conversations, but it’s even more difficult to successfully recover from a challenge the longer it goes unaddressed.It’s easy to give your client what they believe they want, like a price quote or a response to an RFP. It’s difficult to have the conversations about why you don’t want to give them what they believe they want and how doing so will actually hurt them.It’s easy to wait for inbound marketing, channel partners, or social media to bring you the opportunities you need. It’s difficult to do the prospecting work that produces real results, like picking up the phone and calling your dream clients.Its easy to send an email. It’s difficult to gain the commitments you really need.It’s easy to wing it and show up for a sales call without preparing. You’ve made hundreds or thousands of calls. It’s difficult to make the call as successful for you and as valuable for your client after you’ve already made your first impression.It’s easy to hit the snooze button and sink back into the warm comfort of sleep. It’s difficult get up and get to work, unless you are so committed to your mission that sleep makes you uncomfortable.Success is found in doing what is difficult, in doing what other people avoid. Choose to do what is difficult.last_img read more

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Santo Tomas destroys McDavid

first_imgUniversity of Santo Tomas clobbered McDavid, 111-90, for its fifth win in the 2019 PBA D-League Monday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Soulemane Chabi Yo spearheaded the Growling Tigers with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists, leading the killer first half that allowed Santo Tomas to grab a 59-41 lead at the half.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Beninese forward’s hot start set the tone for the rout. The Tigers had a 58-37 edge in rebounds.Marvin Lee contributed 17 points on a scorching 5-of-7 clip from three-point range, with Rhenz Abando and Brent Paraiso contributing 13 and 12 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe easy win allowed coach Aldin Ayo to continue experimenting with the Tigers’ system, one which he feels still needs a lot of fine-tuning.“We still have a lot to improve on,” Ayo said in Filipino. Blaze Spikers open title series against Cargo Movers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Mixed injury news for Atleti

first_imgAtletico Madrid have been handed mixed news on the injury front ahead of Saturday’s La Liga clash with Barcelona.The capital club released an injury update on Friday declaring Lucas Hernandez, Thomas Lemar, Stefan Savic, Koke and Diego Costa were all fit for the visit of Ernesto Valverde’s table-toppers.Diego Godin and fellow Uruguay international Jose Gimenez, both of whom are carrying injuries, were not mentioned, however, meaning they are likely to miss the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! That means Savic and Lucas could line up in central defence and be tasked with keeping out the likes of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.Costa will likely start in attack despite being in appalling form, the former Chelsea man having not scored in 18 La Liga matches.Antoine Griezmann is expected to start against the side he was heavily linked with over the summer before ultimately committing his future to Atletico.Atletico head into the clash as one of three teams a point behind leaders Barcelona along with Sevilla and Alaves.They have a poor recent record against Blaugrana though, with no La Liga victory in 16 meetings. Their last triumph was a 2-0 win in the Champions League quarter-final second leg in 2016.However, they have been imperious at the Wanda Metropolitano this season, winning seven and drawing one of their eight home games in all competitions.”We had hard times against them, we did better in the Champions League in qualifying rounds, in La Liga we always struggle,” said Atleti boss Diego Simeone. “Tomorrow we have another chance, we play against a great rival who are living a great moment, we have the energy and we are enthusiasts, the word ‘chance’ is beautiful when speaking of football.”Barca will be without Ivan Rakitic on Saturday through injury with Arturo Vidal likely to replace him in midfield. Former Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho is also doubtful with an injury picked up before the international break.Valverde will be looking for a response from his side after they were beaten 3-2 at home to Real Betis in their last match before the international break.last_img read more

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